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All posts tagged "Twitter"

  • Twiplomacy: how the world’s most powerful politicians, diplomats use Twitter

    Twitter has become an immensely powerful political tool. But it's not just presidents and popes using the social network to push their messages across. More than half of the world’s foreign ministers and their institutions are active on Twitter. But are they all using it in the same way? According to the most recent Twiplomacy study by research house Burson Marsteller, governments are putting more effort into their social media communication and are including more visuals and videos in their tweets. Some, such as the @Elysee Palace, are regularly posting six-second Vine videos to summarise state visits or to cheer...

  • Twitter makes policy changes addressing prohibited content, site violations

    Policing social media users is never going to be a closed chapter. There is always going to be a new challenge or behaviour that threatens this. Twitter rightfully acknowledges that it is not enough to simply put resources into place but it is critical and even necessary to have a better way of responding to abuse reports. To do this, Twitter is making two police changes, one related to prohibited content, and one about how it is enforces certain policy violations. The update to prohibited content will mean that the prohibition will now not be limited to direct, specific threats...

  • Twitter stock rises amid Google takeover rumours

    Where there is smoke, there is fire, the saying goes. And it holds any truth, fresh rumours of a Twitter acquisition may have more truth to them than you think. According to Mashable, Twitter’s shares rose ‘amid gossip in the investment community that the company had hired advisors to deal with takeover bids.’ At this rumour, Twitter’s shares rose up to 4.8% as rumours of Google and Yahoo planning a possible buyout surfaced. On Tuesday, rumours were doing the rounds that Twitter had hired advisers including Goldman Sachs to fend off companies that are interested in buying the social media...

  • 2015 African Blogger Awards deadline extended

    The 2015 African Blogger Awards is extending its deadline and will now accept entries until 16 April 2015. The competition is aimed at African YouTubers, Instagrammers, Twitter and Facebook influencers. The awards aim to expose “truly exceptional African content creators and their unique story-telling approaches”. “Our aim is to broaden the industry for bloggers in Africa and allow brands to see the value in blogging as a marketing platform,” the organisers say. The top five categories in these awards are for Africa’s Top Instagrammer, Top Twitter Profile, Top YouTuber, Top Blogger and Best Facebook Page will be awarded to entrants...

  • Error 404: Democracy Not Found — what social media tells us about the state of our culture

    At a time in our world when there are more people voting for their government representatives than ever before, it's a discomforting thought that most of us are unhappy with the way our lives are run. To be fair, we are growing up alongside financial crises alongside an overpopulated planet. Still, whether political systems are under more assault due to having so many more eyes on it or whether people are feeling somewhat more entitled, the fact remains that the web -- specifically when we look at social media -- is playing a massive role in how it's being...

  • Live video streaming feud: Twitter launches Periscope, Meerkat completes a funding round

    Like two bulls readying themselves for a fight, bellowing, mooing, looking menacing, intimidating the other, Twitter and Meerkat are ramping up their respective livestreaming plays. Today Twitter launched Periscope on iOS, a live video streaming startup it acquired back in January for a reported US$100-million. As news of the purchase became public, Twitter also cut off Meerkat’s ability to access its social graph. The news left Meerkat in the cold, considering that up until then, it had been the sole and popular live video streaming app for Twitter. Two weeks after its launch it amassed 120 000 users. Twitter’s...

  • BurnCast podcast special: tales from SXSW

    Our Managing Editor, André-Pierre du Plessis, went to Texas to attend the annual tech, music and design festival, SXSW. While he wrote about the most of the interesting stories on Memeburn, he recently sat down with senior reporter Stuart Thomas and brand manager Jason Bechervaise to talk about his experience. Lend your ears: If your ears are too tired, you can read about what he's chatting about in the articles below: SXSW Day 1: New media challenges in a world (still) dominated by traditional media Do’s and don’ts in Austin: why the internet loves to hate SXSW SXSW Highlight: Biz Stone admits defeat in...

  • Fans pay tribute to Terry Pratchett with these magical quotes

    After 66 inspiring years and a career spanning 70 magical books, fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday. According to an official letter released by Penguin Random House, the novelist has been struggling with Alzheimer's disease since he was diagnosed in 2007. This didn't stop Pratchett from colouring in the wittiest and most thoughtful corners of our imaginations as he continued writing and managed to complete his last Discworld novel in 2014. A full statement from Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld Publishers said the following: I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has...

  • Twitter to crack down on serial trolls by tracking their phone numbers

    Twitter has announced that it is now going to decisively deal with trolls as part of its long term plan. In the past Twitter was ambiguous about its stance regarding trolls, as evidenced by its inaction around Gamergate. Although there were constant threats of assault, death and rape, Twitter frequently failed to act. And when it did, it was often weeks later with no concrete action. But the general public clearly views trolling as a serious matter which needs to be dealt with. In Sweden, there is even a television show called Trolljägarna (Troll Hunter) which, as the name...

  • Twitter revenue beats estimates but user growth stalls

    Today Twitter has released its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ending on 31 December 2014. The results are mixed, featuring a growth in profit but a tiny growth in user count, which compared to Facebook’s and Instagram’s should be of some concern. The growth in users increased by a mere 1.4% in the fourth quarter, down from 4.8%, compared to the third quarter in 2014. For the drop in user growth, Anthony Noto, Twitter CFO, hazards possible causes for it. He suggests that the roll out of iOS 8 cost Twitter 4-million monthly active users. Image: Gigaom There are...

  • News24 gets sweary, apologises for ‘erroneous’ tweet about plane crash

    So this just happened. The Twitter account of South Africa's largest online news provider News24 just tweeted "Jesus Christ Holy Fuck," in reference to a video of a plane crashing in Taiwan. These social mishaps obviously don't go unnoticed considering the News24 Twitter account has over 1 million followers. Here it is: As you can imagine, the tweet was quickly deleted. The original tweet, which is in reference to a plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan, is as follows -- a bit more politically correct, won't you say: WATCH: Dramatic footage of plane crash in Taiwan http://t.co/h25bJlkObB pic.twitter.com/mHZP91pCDL — News24 (@News24) February 4, 2015 Read...

  • Facebook, Twitter report record figures for Super Bowl 49 posts

    Data from Facebook and Twitter has revealed record amounts of activity across both social networks during the Super Bowl. While the event is about as American as you can hope to get, but global interest in the event is growing rapidly. Small wonder then that Super Bowl 49, which the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots contested, was the biggest and most talked about Super Bowl in Facebook history. Facebook has revealed that more than 65-million people (15-million more than last year) took to the social network to discuss the Super Bowl, conjuring up 265 million posts, comments, and likes....

  • Taylor Swift shakes off hackers on her Twitter and Instagram account

    Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were broken into yesterday. The songster's Twitter account was the first to go, with the hacker tweeting out a suggestion that her 51 million followers follow someone who claimed to be a leader of Lizard Squad -- the hacking group which recently hacked into the Air Malaysia site and claims to have caused yesterday's Facebook and Instagram outage. Taylor Swift, with all her majestic powers, always finds a way to stay in the news. At times, she has nothing to do with it, at least, this is the plausible conclusion, but really, her...

  • Twitter rolls out new features, including group direct messages and mobile video experience

    Twitter today announced that it would be rolling out a couple of interesting new features . The new features rolled out by Twitter are group messaging and a new mobile video experience. The thinking behind the group messaging, Twitter says, is for people who want to continue a public conversation which would begin and die on the timeline, but now with group messaging, it can be continued with a select few in a group. “Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter,” Twitter said, “Whatever the case may...

  • Facebook and Instagram went down, the world spectacularly failed to end

    Facebook experienced an outage that lasted roughly 40 minutes this morning. The social media giant’s Instagram service was also inaccessible. Instagram said on its Twitter account that it was aware of an outage and was working to fix it. It is worth noting that WhatsApp, the chat app that is owned by Facebook, was not affected by the outage. The repercussions were however felt by apps that rely on Facebook for user log-in, such as Tinder. People in Singapore, Australia, Italy and South Africa were unable to log in and their feeds weren’t being updated and their Instagram photos were...